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Panoramaweg Südalpen

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Overview

Trails connect together! Hardly any other long-distance hiking trail applies for that as the Panoramaweg Südalpen. For decades, the impressive rugged mountain range of the Karawanken Mountains have divided countries politically, but today the Panoramaweg Südalpen combines three cultures into an unforgettable hiking experience.

Well then, seen from the north, the Karavanken mountains do indeed look like a gigantic natural border wall, which in the minds of people on both sides of the mountains have only been gradually demolished. A process triggered by Slovenia's independence and its accession to the European Union, which has now been practically completed with the establishment of the unique Alpe-Adria region. And - in addition to the famous Alpe-Adria-Trail - as a visible sign of the new bond, the Panoramaweg Südalpen shines as a bright star in the long-distance hiking sky. This boundless hiking dream now begins (after an extension) at the border to Italy, in Thörl-Maglern, and immediately climbs up the so symbolically important border triangle. Here, where Italy, Austria and Slovenia have found each other, you will henceforth look eastwards and follow carefully laid paths along the spectacular ridge of the Karawanken mountains. In doing so, you will avoid from time to time rock barriers on the carinthian side on the gentler southern side of the mountains in Slovenia and sometimes even spend the night there. Apropos overnight stays: The magic of the Panorama Trail also results from its variety of accommodation! You can spend the night in mountain huts with spectacular views, in enchanting but world-forgotten inns or in idyllic villages. In any case, however, you will be surrounded by breathtaking landscapes that represent an unspoilt counter-world to today's mass tourism and which have probably not by chance produced literary figures of world renown, from Maria Lavant to Peter Handke.

A landscape that, by the way, shows two fundamentally different faces: Once you have reached the idyllic Lavamünd on the Drau River beyond the Karawanken, the Panoramaweg Südalpen turns north in a loop and then climbs up to the gentle colossus of the Saualpe to live up to its name again. At the end of the trail you follow this fantastic ridge to the border of Styria, where after 20 stages you will find the worthy finish of this hiking tour at Zirbitzkogel. From its summit, the view back to the rocky mountain range of the Karawanken will guide you and remind you of the experiences of the last days or weeks. And it will strengthen you in the feeling how beautiful it is that trails connect.

Highlights

  • 286 km long trail from the Karawanken to the Saualpe
  • Nomen est omen: breathtaking views
  • Three countries and three cultures in the unique Alpe-Adria region
  • Scenic refuges and idyllic villages
  • The spectacular limestone mountains of the Karawanken
  • The calm calm gentle ridges of the Saualpe

Highlights

  • 286 km long trail from the Karawanken to the Saualpe
  • Nomen est omen: breathtaking views
  • Three countries and three cultures in the unique Alpe-Adria region
  • Scenic refuges and idyllic villages
  • The spectacular limestone mountains of the Karawanken
  • The calm calm gentle ridges of the Saualpe

Your advantages

  • Official Panoramaweg Südalpen Info & Booking Center
  • Top advice with experience and competence
  • Fabulous services such as luggage transport, Shuttle services, Trail Hotline and much more
  • Individual Online Planning and Booking of your journey
  • Carefully arranged and convenient packages
  • For your safety: All travel packages fulfill the package travel directive law - PRG; BGL. I No. 50/2017 on package travel and other forms of combined travel.

Your advantages

  • Official Panoramaweg Südalpen Info & Booking Center
  • Top advice with experience and competence
  • Fabulous services such as luggage transport, Shuttle services, Trail Hotline and much more
  • Individual Online Planning and Booking of your journey
  • Carefully arranged and convenient packages
  • For your safety: All travel packages fulfill the package travel directive law - PRG; BGL. I No. 50/2017 on package travel and other forms of combined travel.
A new morning: Hike to the top of Mittagskogel in the first hours of the day and you will experience the first major highlight. Many more will follow on the 20 stages of the Panoramaweg Südalpen. ©Region Villach Tourismus GmbH/Martin Hofmann
A new morning: Hike to the top of Mittagskogel in the first hours of the day and you will experience the first major highlight. Many more will follow on the 20 stages of the Panoramaweg Südalpen. ©Region Villach Tourismus GmbH/Martin Hofmann
A new morning: Hike to the top of Mittagskogel in the first hours of the day and you will experience the first major highlight. Many more will follow on the 20 stages of the Panoramaweg Südalpen. ©Region Villach Tourismus GmbH/Martin Hofmann
A new morning: Hike to the top of Mittagskogel in the first hours of the day and you will experience the first major highlight. Many more will follow on the 20 stages of the Panoramaweg Südalpen. ©Region Villach Tourismus GmbH/Martin Hofmann
A new morning: Hike to the top of Mittagskogel in the first hours of the day and you will experience the first major highlight. Many more will follow on the 20 stages of the Panoramaweg Südalpen. ©Region Villach Tourismus GmbH/Martin Hofmann
A new morning: Hike to the top of Mittagskogel in the first hours of the day and you will experience the first major highlight. Many more will follow on the 20 stages of the Panoramaweg Südalpen. ©Region Villach Tourismus GmbH/Martin Hofmann
A new morning: Hike to the top of Mittagskogel in the first hours of the day and you will experience the first major highlight. Many more will follow on the 20 stages of the Panoramaweg Südalpen. ©Region Villach Tourismus GmbH/Martin Hofmann
A new morning: Hike to the top of Mittagskogel in the first hours of the day and you will experience the first major highlight. Many more will follow on the 20 stages of the Panoramaweg Südalpen. ©Region Villach Tourismus GmbH/Martin Hofmann

Information

Best time to travel

On the Panoramaweg Südalpen you hike in mountain ranges with summits up to 2,300 m above sea level. In the Karawanken there are some high shady passages where the snow lasts for a long time. From the beginning of June, however, the entire trail is always free of snow.

In autumn we leave with the cows off the mountain pastures. Even if October would still be a good month for hiking along the Panoramaweg Südalpen, we finish at the end of September. Because without the nice huts you would have sleepless nights and a very important element of the Panoramaweg Südalpen - the hut life - would be missing.

So our season is from the beginning of June to the end of September.

Which month you should choose is a matter of taste. June often offers pleasant temperatures and a fantastic abundance of flowers. Due to the altitude of many stages - you are often in the high mountains - the Panoramaweg Südalpen is an excellent choice to escape the heat of high summer (July and August). Note, however, the danger of thunderstorms, which often occur earlier in the Karawanken than in other mountain groups due to their location on the southern slopes of the Alps. With clear air, pleasant temperatures and often less danger of thunderstorms, September is a classically good hiking month anyway.

From November to May, many stages of the Panoramaweg Südalpen are covered by snow, that makes a hike on the trail impossible.

Requirements

You travel along the Panoramaweg Südalpen as an individual hiker (without the guidance of a mountain guide) on marked mountain paths, partly in high alpine mountain regions with altitudes of up to 2.400m. Therefore, for the Panoramaweg Südalpen you need alpine hiking experience, which includes not only the correct self-assessment of the technical and physical requirements for the points listed below, but also experience in orientation in the terrain (including reading topographical maps) and in how to behave in bad weather.
With us on the Panoramaweg Südalpen, you are well looked after and supported by our organization. Nevertheless, you are travelling as an independent hiker (unless you book an optional mountain hiking guide). We would like to point out that despite our tour organization you are on your own responsibility on the Panoramaweg Südalpen.

Technical requirements: Moderate
Technically, our Panoramaweg Südalpen route has moderate difficulties: The stages run on moderately difficult mountain paths with a red dot Classification Austrian Alpine Club)
This means:

  • Difficult parts of the path are mostly narrow and often steep.
  • Short rope-secured walking passages may occur.
  • Due to exposure to the weather or short-term extreme weather events, hiking trails may be in a worse condition (e.g. slippery) or less visible due to fog.
To be able to cope with this as a mountain hiker without problems you need to be:
  • surefooted
  • free from giddiness

Attention: The original route of the Panoramaweg Südalpen (not described by us here) includes difficult mountain paths (with a black dot) on the stages 3, 4 and 7. We therefore strongly recommend that you stick to our easier routes on these three stages.

Conditional requirements: higher (on 5 stages: high)
The Panoramaweg Südalpen is very demanding in terms of physical condition (on 5 stages: demanding):
  • Ascents of up to 1.450 meters of altitude depending on the stage
  • Descents depending on the stage up to 1.700 meters of altitude (if using the chairlift: 1.200 meters of altitude)
  • Path length depending on stage up to 22 km
Even if all three maximum values never come together in one stage, this means pure walking times between 3 and 7 hours 45 minutes (max. 7 hours if using the chairlift).
The calculation of the walking times is based on the Outdooractive formula (Outdooractive is one of the world's largest suppliers of tour documents and market leader in the German-speaking area). This includes fast walking times, which correspond approximately to the average speed of a well-trained mountain hiker.
Important: All data are pure walking times, i.e. breaks must be added.
Appropriate conditional preparation is strongly recommended. Our tip: Since you are on a multi-day tour here, you should have already hiked a day tour with similar fitness requirements. You can also plan a rest day in between, allowing you to relax.

Further Information:
  • The Panoramaweg Südalpen is suitable for children aged 14 and over who are in very good physical condition.
  • Long distance hiking and trekking routes are not suitable for people with disabilities due to their requirements. In order to clarify individual cases (degree of reduced mobility), we recommend contacting the Trail Info & Booking Center before booking.

It is often difficult to personally assess whether a trail is suitable for you. If you are unsure about this or if you want to know which stages are best for you, just contact us. We will gladly advise you. However, this does not release you from the responsibility of your own self-assessment.

Equipment

FFor the Panoramaweg Südalpen you need alpine hiking equipment.

  • The equipment list, which you can find under this Link, lists the minimum equipment needed for this trip.
  • Of course you can or should add the items that you personally need for the trip or with which you have had good experience (e.g. medication, special sun protection, larger water bottle etc.).

Further preliminary information about the equipment at the Panoramaweg Südalpen:
  • Attention: For overnight stays on the alpine huts (Bertahütte, Koča na Golici, Klagenfurter Hütte, Koschutahaus, Eisenkappler Hütte, Pöllinger Hütte, Feldalmhütte und St. Martiner Hütte) it is mandatory to bring a sleeping bag. Due to the COVID19 hygiene regulations, there will be no blankets on cabins in summer 2020. For this reason, a hut sleeping bag is not enough, you must take a padded summer sleeping bag with you.
  • Please take your own towel to the huts.
  • trekking poles are highly recommended because of the often long descents.
  • You usually hike at altitudes between 500 and 2.400 m - this should be taken into account when choosing your hiking equipment (especially your clothing) - even in summer it can be very cool at the highest altitudes.
  • You should ensure that you have enough food and drink bottles of sufficient size, as there are no rest stops and wells on all stages.

Tipp: With our luggage service you can easily hold your daypack while your heavy luggage (up to 20 kg) is taken to the next booked accommodation. (Please note that there is no luggage transport to Bertahütte, Klagenfurter Hütte, Koča na Golici, Feldalmhütte and to Gasthaus Rogar) We recommend that you take out a luggage protection insurance - please contact us regarding this.

Stages

For a closer look, check out the detailed information for each stage along the trail here. The times are average values and may vary depending on personal fitness, number and length of breaks, weather conditions, etc.

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Service

Category

Along the trail three different accommodation categories - regional evaluation - are offered:

Basic: Simply equipped - mountain hut, alpine farm, guesthouse or bed & breakfast
Classic: High standard - good middle-class guesthouse or hotel**/***
Comfort: Accommodation for high demands - Hotel****, some with wellness area

Some overnight stays, especially in the first but also in the last part of the Panorama Trail Southern Alps, are in alpine huts or refuges and therefore in the Basic category. The alpine huts and refuges in the Karawanken and on the Saualpe have - as is usual for refuges in the mountains - only a limited number of twin/double rooms and also offer dormitory. There are showers and toilets on the floor. For the environmental protection it is obligatory to use a sleeping bag - please bring a towel with you.

Children between the ages of 6 and 14 receive a 35% discount for two full-paying adults in their parents' room.

Bringing along your dog is mostly possible - please request. The extra costs for a dog range between € 5,00 and € 20,00 (without food; per night) and will be paid directly on site in the accommodation.


Basic

Classic

Comfort
Boarding

Two different types of catering are available to you in the partner establishments:

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet or served to your table
Half board: breakfast plus dinner (mostly 3-course menu in the hotel or by voucher in a nearby restaurant)

Please enter special wishes for the food (vegetarian, vegan, intolerances ...) in the field "Comments". The Flow Trail Info & Booking Center will try to fulfill your non-binding requests.


Bed and breakfast

Half board

Mobility Service

For the realization of your trouble-free Trail journey a comprehensive mobility service is offered:

Luggage service: Hiking with a light daypack; while your luggage (max. 20 kg) is taken from accommodation to accommodation. How?
It's very simple: In the morning you drop off your luggage at the reception and at the end of the hiking day it will be waiting for you in your next accommodation. We recommend that you purchase luggage protection insurance. Please note: To the accommodations Bertahütte, Klagenfurter Hütte, Koča na Golici (Kahlkogelhütte), Feldalmhütte and Gasthaus Rogar our Luggage service is not available.

Back transfer: As essential as convenient. Our mobility service (collective transport) takes you from the destination of your trail journey comfortably back to your starting point.

Shuttle Services: The shuttle services required for the trail journey are included in the overall mobility package.
Our Mobility partners reserve the right to transport your dog in the luggage compartment.

In addition, we can also book recommended shuttle services such as the train station shuttle. If extra shuttle services are required during the trail trip, e.g. in case of bad weather, illness, etc., we will be happy to organize them. These shuttle services are not included in the travel price.


Luggage service

Back transfer

Shuttle service
Service

During your Trail journey you can make use of the special service of the Trail Info & Booking Center, which will make your Trail journey an especially safe, well looked after and unforgettable experience:

Trail Hotline: Our team is at your service with advice and practical support for the duration of your Trail journey. Even outside our normal office hours, you can reach us daily from 8:00 to 20:00.

Guide: Our certified and authorized mountain guides are highly trained and have excellent knowledge of the area. They also have a great knowledge of the nature and culture of the Karawanken and Saualpe, making a hike with our guides a varied and safe trail journey. All costs incurred (guide and his expenses for accommodation, food costs and travel) for the mountain guide are included under "Guiding".


Comprehensive Travel Information: an expertly compiled folder (PDF, print@home) with detailed, in-depth information will be sent to you in time for you to prepare your Trail journey.

Arrival

For the arrival of this trail trip you have three possibilities - not included in the price - at your disposal:

With your own car: Parking is available at the respective starting points of the trail journey. Detailed information is included in the booking documents. Most of the parking spaces are free of charge and not monitored! The return transport will bring you back to your car.

By train: The following train stations are at your disposal: the national train stations Villach and Klagenfurt as well as the train stations Kühnsdorf-Klopeiner See, St. Paul, Bleiburg, Althofen and Wolfsberg (by S-Bahn every hour from Klagenfurt train station)

By airplane: The following international airports can be recommended for arrival by plane - Klagenfurt, Ljubljana, Graz and Munich.

Arrival shuttle service - not included in the price: Takes you to the starting point of your trail journey and back to the ideal train station or airport at the end of the tour. The Trail Info & Booking Centre will be happy to organize this shuttle service.

Partners along the trail

This is where Trail travelers find an especially warm welcome: From the alpine hut or refuge to the hotel****: our partner establishments have been hand-picked, and actively contribute to the development of the Trail.

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Information about your destination

Here you will find all relevant information about your travel destination such as currency, entry requirements, food & drink, health and vaccinations and literature tips.

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Your booking center

Trail Information & Booking center, Travel Agent
Trail Angels GmbH
9821 Obervellach 15
Austria

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Trail Angels GmbH
Obervellach 15, 9821 Obervellach, Österreich
Eintragungs-NR. Veranstalterverz. des bmwfi: 2016/0005
Tel: +43 4782 93093
Email: info@bookyourtrail.com

Terms of service

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